Roscommon/South Leitrim TD, Frank Feighan, has welcomed the news that the Loughglynn ambulance base will become operational on Monday February 1st.
“I’m pleased that agreement has been reached between unions representing ambulance personnel and the HSE at the Workplace Relations Commission on deploying resources to Loughglynn.
“This facility for communities in West Roscommon and East Mayo will significantly help to improve emergency response times in these ambulance blackspot areas.
“In terms of ambulance resources in Roscommon, it is important to point out that we have more resources in place since 2011 and it is important that these are used in the most effective way possible.
“Prior to 2011, Roscommon Town had 2 emergency ambulances by day and 1 emergency ambulance at night. Since 2011, it has an extra ambulance by day and one extra by night; that now means 3 ambulances by day and 2 by night in operation.
“The 24/7 Advance paramedic response car is also based out of Roscommon town and in addition, there is a 24/7 emergency ambulance operating out of Boyle and a 24/7 Emergency Ambulance operating out of Carrick-on-Shannon.
“The Carrick-on-Shannon ambulance also improves the availability in South Leitrim and North Roscommon. We also have the very successful air ambulance service with an advanced paramedic on board.
“I look forward to the Loughglynn base opening next week.”